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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Mar 30, 2013 3:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ballad of a Thin Man

The whole thing was done in such a typical half-assed GD style,a few rehearsals to learn a bunch of songs and then six shows in huge football stadiums in the July heat.It should have been like an 8 or 10 show run at the Warfield or Beacon with the bulk of the music being Dylan's for as it turned out other than a guest spot here and there it was there only collaboration.They could have done a nice acoustic set with Jerry playing some banjo,pedal steel and acoustic guitar.The theater setting would have been far superior sound wise and you wouldn't have had to sweat your ass off on a July afternoon in a shit hole stadium in an arm pit like Philly,which also would have benefitted the performers and more likely got a better performance out of them.I went to all six shows and it was no way to present that type of music and the music suffered for it.I had pretty much stopped going to Dead shows around 85' and these sealed the deal except for the occasional MSG show down the road.

Everyone whines about how bad the album is which seems inconsequential to me since it is only seven songs taken from 80 or so songs performed over the six shows,plus there were audience tapes and sbd's available immediately after the shows so it wasn't like the good things they had played were going unheard.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Mar 30, 2013 4:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ballad of a Thin Man

At one point they talked about doing shows of all other peoples songs ! That would have been pretty interesting ! But the BIG event aspect of it took over .
I like your idea, and I think it would have served everyone's musical intreats much better . Though there was much love of each other ( esp. Dylan and Garcia), both artists have idiosyncratic "work habits", that don't exactly fit in with each other, maybe , as others have suggested, in an earlier period it would have worked better .
Also Dylan is a notoriously hard guy to work with . One ex-band member said "working for Dylan is never fun, but is always interesting".
Dylanoligist Clinton Hyland , who , like most of the British Dylan hands, hates Bob's involvement with the the Grateful Dead , had to admit , that the thing to hear would be Dylan, and Garcia swapping songs on a back porch, or on a small stage . I'd pay to see that !

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Mar 30, 2013 5:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ballad of a Thin Man

It really is a shame that it wasn't just Jerry from the GD and maybe Danko or some other musicians to fill out the band,that would have been a much more interesting proposition.While what we have is far from from perfect on occasion I can listen to what they did and be happy we have that.If Jerry and Dylan are on the stage together my preference would be to hear Bob's songs as opposed to anyone else's.